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Between the Lines: New N.C. Map Also Displaces Some Candidates

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Tea-party-affiliated businessman Nathan Tabor, who had announced he was running in the 13th district against Rep. Brad Miller (above), said the new district lines meant he would hold off on a campaign.

The first draft of the state Legislature’s redrawn Congressional map was pretty bad for vulnerable Blue Dog Democrats in the Tar Heel State.

The second and likely final draft, released earlier this week, proved to be even worse.

But it was also unhappy news for some Republicans who had already declared their candidacies in districts that are now likely to look different.

Tea-party-affiliated businessman Nathan Tabor (R), who had announced he was running in the 13th district against Rep. Brad Miller (D), said the new district lines — which moved the 13th to another part of the state — meant he would hold off on a campaign. Tabor said he knew what his decision would be “30 seconds after seeing” the new map.

“I’m not going to drive an hour and a half to get inside the district to run against Brad Miller,” Tabor said.

But the changes also opened up opportunities for other ambitious Republicans. State Sen. David Rouzer, a former aide to the late Sen. Jesse Helms (R), will run in the newly open 7th district, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

The new map draws the home of Rep. Mike McIntyre (D), who currently represents the 7th district, into the 8th district. Rouzer will face former Marine Ilario Pantano in the Republican primary. Notably, Pantano was not included in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Young Guns program that assists top challengers.

Texas Officials Bypass Justice, Head Straight to Court

Lone Star State officials sidestepped the Justice Department on Tuesday by directly submitting their new Congressional map to the District of Columbia’s federal court for pre-clearance.

Either the Justice Department or a federal three-judge panel must approve Texas’ new map before it is implemented to make sure the redrawn districts adhere to the Voting Rights Act.

The state also submitted a copy to the Justice Department in case the Civil Rights Division pre-clears the map before the courts rule on it. That’s what happened earlier this year with the state legislative maps from Virginia and Louisiana, according to Texas Republican Party spokesman Chris Elam.

“Texas is following the same course as Virginia and Louisiana, who received Justice Department pre-clearance and saw those court cases dropped,” Elam said. “If Texas receives similar pre-clearance from the Justice Department, our case will similarly be dropped.”

But Texas’ new Congressional map is one of the most controversial in the country, and most state insiders expect the courts to make the final call.

Members Not Hopeful Virginia Stalemate Will End Soon

Expectations are low for a Congressional redistricting deal in Virginia, where legislative negotiators are at a stalemate over competing plans from the state House and Senate.

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